Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Kai Sotto says mom Pamela played huge role in lifting him back up

Widely panned was Kai Sotto’s decision to leave G League Ignite in favor of joining Gilas Pilipinas’ bubble last February.

Blasted was the decision as not only did the Doha window get postponed but a few days after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas broke camp, Ignite and Sotto mutually broke their ties with one another.

The 18-year-old admitted that he was down when he went back to the States. Thankfully though, his support system, including his extended family in East West Private, was there to lift him back up.

“After the G League Ignite, it was tough especially after sa lahat ng mga nangyayari. After nun, sobrang happy ako sa group of people around me helped me to stay in my path and just focus,” shared Sotto during a press conference that introduced him as SMART’s newest ambassador.

“Kung ibang tao yan, baka mag give up na sila. Pero ako, hindi ko masyado ko inisip yun kung ano yung best para sa akin and I just continued to work. I just motivated myself kaya yun yung bagay kaya nag-iimprove ako.”

What surprised Kai though was how vocal his mom Pamela was during that time.

Of course, his dad Ervin was already a given as he knows the plight of a professional basketaball player as he had experienced it himself. But it was Pamela who really pushed Kai to get back to his feet.

“Yung family ko talaga, lalo na yung mom ko. Mas naging vocal siya sa akin kasi yung dad ko lagi ko maaasahan ko. Yung nanay ko yung nagbigay ng lakas sa akin to stay strong lang at ma-realize na dumadaan yan sa lahat ng tao.”

For the past few weeks, Kai has been training non-stop as in a few weeks, he is set to come back home and join Gilas.

#ReadMore  Marching orders for Gilas U19 Youth: Make it to the next round

Besides going back to the national team, he also signed a three-year deal with NBL-Australia club Adelaide 36ers.

Definitely, the kid known as Kaiju is much stronger now.

“Pag yung dream mo mataas, malaki yung bumps na ma-eencounter mo. Having my dad and yung dalawang kapatid ko, tinulungan nila ako magsipag pa ulit.”

Written By

You May Also Like


Kai Sotto was not invited by the National Basketball Association for its combine workouts set to take place from May 16-21 in Chicago. The...


Days after declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft, Kai Sotto went back home. And the 19-year-old relished every single moment he spent with his...


The country’s biggest basketball prospect is witnessing the biggest Battle of Katipunan in years. Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-2 center who put his name in...


Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is rallying behind long-time Smart ambassador Kai Sotto’s bid to become the first homegrown Filipino to be drafted in the...


If there is one player who can understand and fully sympathize with the pressure that Kai Sotto is experiencing as he chases his NBA...


Kai Sotto is set to go where no homegrown Filipino has gone before – be picked in the NBA Draft. After throwing his name...


The groundbreaking news of Kai Sotto announcing his intentions to join the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft sent shockwaves around the world. In fact, even...


Kai Sotto’s long journey will take him to the biggest of stages. The 7-foot-3 Filipino teenager has declared that he will be entering the...